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Embolden wins the 2019 Jamestown Stakes at Colonial Downs. (photos courtesy of Coady Photography)- Virginia-bred, -sired and/or -certified horses will be spotlighted in the first three evenings of racing at Colonial Downs – Monday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 29 – with six stakes races. Three of the events are for registered Virginia bred/sired runners […]

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Colonial Downs Training


With the return of live racing to Colonial Downs just two weeks away, trainers from Tampa Bay Downs were amongst the initial conditioners to arrive on the backstretch which recently opened. As a light rain shower passed through the area, the first horses made their way onto the mile and a quarter main track signaling […]

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Alex Sausville

Colonial Downs Team Member Brings Youthful Passion to the New Kent Racing Office

When horses break out of the starting gate July 27 for the season’s first race at Colonial Downs, Alex Sausville will add another check mark to the long list of tracks where he has seen live racing. The New Kent, Virginia, oval will mark number 70. And when you add in his visits to tracks that have been shuttered, mothballed […]

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Season Will Open July 27; Spectator Attendance Will be Limited Pursuant to Commonwealth Policies at Time of Races; Track Will Utilize Numerous Health and Safety Measures for Fans; General Admission to all Races is Free *** Season Will Feature New Monday through Wednesday Evening Schedule***  NEW KENT, Va. (July 9, 2020) – Following the incredibly […]

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Sam Randazz

Samantha Randazzo Is Well Prepared for Her Role as Safety Compliance Officer at Colonial Downs

(NEW KENT, VA — 7/1/2020) —- When the stable area at Colonial Downs Racetrack opens July 13, Samantha Randazzo will begin her first stint as a Safety Compliance Officer, a job that is part of the new Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to reduce equine fatalities. Her “Best Practices” position focuses on 23 different responsibilities to ensure […]

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Major Summer Stakes Races Available To Wager Via Simulcast

Now that summer is here and more horse racing venues are reopening, the July stakes schedule at tracks around the country is blossoming quite nicely. There are many big races to look forward to and some are even happening a bit earlier than normal. Major tracks will be opening in July. Ellis Park opens July […]

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2020 Online Horse Race Wagering Handle In Virginia Is Up 23%

There may not be any fans trackside, but mainstay ovals like Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Oaklawn that host early spring meets have been posting record betting handles the past two months solely from online wagering. Fonner Park and Will Rogers Downs — lesser known tracks to east coast players — have experienced similar […]

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Anne Tucker

Colonial Downs 2013 Horse of the Meet Boltin Out Serves A New Purpose In Retirement

When Anne Tucker’s prize horse Boltin Out won the Punch Line Stakes, two allowance races and Horse of the Meet honors at the 2013 Colonial Downs thoroughbred season — it’s final one before a six year hiatus — it provided an exclamation point to a 15-plus year legacy as a breeder/owner. Based at her Bowles […]

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2019 Rosie’s Stakes Winner Four Wheel Drive Set To Make 2020 Debut May 17 at Churchill Downs

The following article appeared at on May 14, 2019 and was written by Byron King. 2019 Rosie’s Stakes winner Four Wheel Drive will make his 2020 debut on Sunday May 17 in a $84,000 allowance at Churchill Downs (Race 10 at 5:44 PM).   The American Pharoah colt, who also won the prestigious Breeders’ […]

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Turf Burn

Colonial Downs to Conduct Turf Burn Today

 Secretariat Course Prepared on His 50th Birthday  NEW KENT, VA – March 30, 2020 – At a time when everyone is seeking signs of a return to normalcy in the months ahead, Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the New Kent Fire Department and Virginia Department of Forestry, will conduct a controlled burn of its Secretariat […]

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Watch, Wager Horse Racing Action On Line; $1 Million Louisiana Derby Is Saturday

The Coronavirus has taken a toll on the number of racetracks currently operating, and the updated list of those running and those not running changes daily. This week, the Kentucky Oaks was moved to Friday September 4 and the Kentucky Derby to Saturday September 5 from its traditional “First Saturday in May” slot. In Virginia, […]

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Four Wheel Drive Horse Race

Stakes Schedule Announced For Colonial Downs 2020 Summer Meet

Dates for the second annual thoroughbred racing season under ownership of the Colonial Downs Group are set for 2020. An 18-day campaign set over a six week period will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from July 23 – August 29. Post time has been moved back 30 minutes from last year, to 5:30 PM […]

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Second Round of Colonial Downs OTB Handicapping Series Set For Saturday March 14.

Attention Horseplayers! Be sure to enter Saturday’s (March 14) FREE handicapping contest at the 4 VA-Horseplay OTBs at Breakers Sports Grille (Henrico), Ponies & Pints (Richmond), Buckets Bar & Grill (Chesapeake) and The Windmill OTB Sports Grill (Collinsville), and at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at New Kent. Fill out an entry before 3 PM. Win your […]

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Three Key Derby Prep Races On Tap This Saturday March 7 At VA-Horseplay OTBs & Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums

With only two months to go until Kentucky Derby Day, prep race action for three-year-old horses takes center stage this weekend plus, fans will have a chance to bet both the Derby and Kentucky Oaks weeks in advance. A trio of key graded stakes for three-year-olds is on tap Saturday March 7 — the $300,000 […]

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Race Horse

A Key Derby Prep, The World’s Richest Horse Race & New Handicapping Contest Highlight February 29 Events

The Kentucky Derby prep race scene reaches a new level Saturday (February 29) as Miami’s Gulfstream Park plays host to the Grade 2, $400,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes — the biggest race for 3-year-olds so far this year. Twelve horses have entered and the stakes will finish off the program Saturday as Race 14 […]

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Four Wheel Drive Turns in Bullet Breeze at Turfway

Stablemate Maven also working toward seasonal debut. By Christine Oser Monday, 6:34 PM Breeze Easy’s undefeated Breeders’ Cup winner Four Wheel Drive turned in a bullet half-mile work Feb. 24 at Turfway Park as he continues preparations toward his sophomore debut. With Julio Garcia up, the American Pharoah colt breezed four furlongs on Turfway’s synthetic […]

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Four-Pack Of Derby Prep Stakes Are On Tap Presidents Day Weekend

Kentucky Derby prep race season heats up this coming President’s Day holiday weekend with a four pack of stakes for three-year-olds on tap at tracks around the country. The annual “Run for the Roses” will be held Saturday May 2 at Churchill Downs and this year, Virginians will have nine different sites they can place […]

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Colonial Downs Expands Schedule to Run 18 Race Dates in 2020

Tickets Now on Sale for Meet Beginning July 23 General Admission Remains Free Live racing returns to Colonial Downs in New Kent County in July and August with premium tickets going on sale today. General admission and parking are free. The best thoroughbred horses from around the country will run every Thursday, Friday and Saturday […]

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MATCH Series Returns With Expanded Schedule In 2020 To Include Colonial Downs

Colonial Downs will play host to 5 MATCH Series races on Saturday August 15. Here are the respective divisions and races in New Kent: *3-Year-Old & Up Fillies/Mares Turf Division: $100,000 Old Nelson Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf *3-Year-Old Sprint Dirt Division: $100,000 Victory Gallop Stakes at 7 furongs *3-Year-Old & Up Fillies/Mares […]

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Posted: Jan. 14, 2020 By Tom LaMarra The highly popular and critically acclaimed Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships Series (MATCH) has been renewed for 2020, with an expanded schedule and an increase in owner, trainer and breeder bonus money thanks to new partner racetracks, horsemen’s groups and breeder associations. The series, which returned in 2018 after a […]

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